- MASS MoCA
MASS MoCA Fall 2018 Internships
Internship Application Deadline: Sunday, Friday July 7, at 6pm
Internship Dates: Friday, September 7 – Sunday, December 16
All applicants must be US citizens, over the age of 18
Most interns MUST have a valid US driver’s license unless specified.
The intern documents all of MASS MoCA’s visual and performing arts programs, as well as education activities, art fabrication, studio residencies, development events, and the overall vibrancy of our bustling 16-acre, 28-building campus. The intern organizes and maintains current and archive material within an online digital assets management system. In addition to comfort shooting and editing (Photoshop) still images, the intern should have significant experience in recording moving images and editing video (Final Cut Pro-X). The intern will update the museum’s robust website as well as contribute to our social media platforms. A driver’s license might be helpful, but is not required.
The intern works on all aspects of marketing and public relations to support MASS MoCA’s visual and performing arts programs. There is a strong emphasis on groundwork: street-level marketing throughout western Massachusetts, northwest Connecticut, eastern-central New York, and southern Vermont. The marketing intern logs lots of miles spreading news about MASS MoCA events across our beautiful region. Days in the office include written contributions to social media, eblasts, websites, press releases, and other promotional material. The interns are responsible for preparing press kits and for keeping MASS MoCA’s event listings current on regional event calendars. The interns help with bulk mailings, occasionally staff an off-site information booth interacting with tourists, and sometimes join an ambassador team to attend concerts, comedy shows, and music festivals around the northeast to promote our extensive program of live events. Interns are expected to attend internal and interdepartmental marketing meetings, museum tours, and work a weekly shift at the museum’s busy Info Desk. If that sounds like a lot — it’s because it is — and we promise tons of fun along the way. A driver’s license and sense of humor are required.
Interns work with the production coordinator, master electrician, house sound engineer, and house crew on all aspects of technical theater, music, and films. This includes hands-on in all of the following areas: carpentry, lighting, sound, audio/visual, and running crew. You are not required to have a driver’s license.
Intern works directly with the Managing Director of Performing Arts in the coordination of current and future season planning, general office work, and maintaining and updating all performing arts files, databases, and calendars. The intern will alternate between the Director of Artist Services & Intern Programs and project coordinator with drafting event programs, researching upcoming artists, and assisting with front-of-house operations as well as with artist services to arrange transportation and housing logistics of visiting artists, staff, and fellow interns. You are required to have a valid US driver’s license.
Intern assists in the day-to-day operations of a busy curatorial department and helps with the preparations for upcoming programs, as well as the maintenance of current exhibitions. Responsibilities consist mainly of research, writing, and administrative duties, and may also include assistance in the procuring of exhibition materials, installation of artworks as necessary, and any number of unexpected errands or jobs required to help maintain an ambitious exhibition program of contemporary art. Intern also works with the Education Department, receiving training to lead tours of exhibitions, interact with museum visitors, and develop focused “spotlight” talks on topics of special interest. This is a crucial part of the internship experience. The successful candidate should be self-sufficient and have an eye for detail, strong writing and research skills, and a positive attitude about performing many kinds of tasks on a demanding schedule. Must have driver’s license and be willing to do a fair amount of driving.
Intern assists in the day-to-day operations of a busy curatorial department and helps with the preparations for upcoming programs as well as the maintenance of current exhibitions. This position is primarily focused on registrarial duties, including the maintenance of checklists and databases, preparation of loan requests, and assisting with condition reports. Responsibilities may also include research, correspondence with lenders and artists, assistance in the procuring of exhibition materials, installation of A/V equipment and lighting, and assisting in the preparation, fabrication, and installation of artworks as needed. Intern also works with the Education Department, receiving training to lead tours of exhibitions, interact with museum visitors, and develop focused “spotlight” talks on topics of special interest. This is a crucial part of the internship experience. The successful candidate should be detail-oriented, have good written and verbal communication skills, and have a positive attitude about performing many kinds of tasks on a demanding schedule. Must have driver’s license and be willing to do a fair amount of driving.
Intern assists in day-to-day tasks of the museum’s in-house design studio, working directly with the senior and junior graphic designers. Projects include production and installation of vinyl exhibition graphics and wayfinding signage; design and production of seasonal marketing collateral (posters, ads, social media graphics); vendor contact; upkeep of website components; and general studio tasks. The intern should demonstrate enthusiasm, stamina, good attention to detail, and willingness to work with a team. Excellent knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop) required. Interested applicants must submit a cover letter, résumé, and portfolio link in order to be considered for this internship. A driver’s license might be helpful, but is not required.
The Audience Services Intern reports to the Box Office Manager. This position incorporates interpersonal skills and organizational skills to operate and coordinate all aspects of ticket sales for both Performing Arts events and Gallery Admission. The intern will assist the Box Office Manager with data management, generating lists, analysing ticketing data, acting as a greeter and providing customer service (general information about MASS MoCA and North Adams), as well as maintaining the overall look of the lobby. They are responsible for providing phone and administrative support, processing ticket orders, maintaining the mailing list database and daily cash drawer. This Intern will be responsible for working the information desk, giving private and public tours of the MASS MoCA Galleries, attending a variety of events to promote MASS MoCA, such as The Green River Festival and at a variety of downtown / local happenings. This intern will learn basic and complex functions of the Tessitura software. The capstone of the Internship is the FreshGrass Festival in September working all aspects of Front of House operations including supervision of volunteers, managing the guest list, sign list for Festival grounds and bag drop-off. Candidates must be friendly, patient, computer-savvy, a self-starter and confident to work independently during performing arts and outreach events. Knowledge of the North Adams area and experience with customer service are preferred. Experience with ticketing software (Tessitura) is desirable but not required. Customer service experience is a must.
A fall education intern will focus on PreK-12 student and teacher engagement. This experiential internship is an opportunity for a recently graduated college student who wants to gain experience working with school audiences in a contemporary art museum setting. The intern will be trained in the museum’s 3-pronged educational pedagogy called ArtInSight, which incorporates conversational-style tours, mindfulness-based insight exercises, and hands-on art-making workshops, and then will have opportunities to implement these strategies as a lead tour guide for PreK-12th grade groups. He/she will further support K-12 programming by: assisting with teaching artist residency programs; supporting evaluation efforts; maintaining and monitoring art supplies; and conducting research for spring PreK-12 programming.
Successful candidates should be self-sufficient, have an eye for detail, strong oral, writing, and research skills, an enthusiasm for public speaking, and strong customer service skills. They should be able to learn quickly and be confident in their abilities to take on “trial by fire” challenges. Preference is given to candidates with museum / art education experience. Weekend hours required.
Summer education interns focus on public engagement during the museum’s peak visitation season. This experiential summer internship is an opportunity for current or recently graduated college students who want to explore the dynamic, fast-paced world of museum education. Practical experience is gained through interactions with the public by conducting conversational-style tours in the main galleries, serving at the Information Desk, and managing public hours in Kidspace to help visitors explore the exhibition and create their own works of art at the drop-in ArtBar. Interns help with planning and implementing public programs and private group tours as needed. Interns are assigned specific projects that may include preparing materials for education programs, writing tour guide information packets, and conducting research on artists and other public engagement programs. Successful candidates should be self-sufficient, have an eye for detail, strong oral, writing, and research skills, an enthusiasm for public speaking, and strong customer service skills. They should be able to learn quickly and be confident in their abilities to take on “trial by fire” challenges. Preference is given to candidates with museum / art education experience. Weekend hours required.
To apply to the MASS MoCA Internship Program: Send application form, cover letter, résumé, and two letters of references via email: email@example.com or fax to MASS MoCA c/o Meghan Labbee, Artist Services + Internship Program Director at 413.664.4519.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship Program
Accepting applications beginning March 11, 2018
Fellowship dates: May 16, 2018 – September 20, 2020
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship is a year and half, grant-funded position in performing arts administration. You will receive hands-on training in the day-to-day tasks of managing a busy performing arts season (65 events/year plus 2 festivals), with a particular focus on “confluence” residencies or residencies at the crossroads of visual and performing arts. Past residency artists include, Lucinda Child and Frank Gehry, Here Lies Love, Laurie Anderson and more.
In Year 1, you will assist in the planning and implementation of all scheduled performing arts activities and become familiar with our audience and mission, working both in company management, audience services, volunteer coordination and general office tasks. You will work with our curatorial team based in New York City and have the opportunity to develop a proposal for a performing arts residency that crosses between performing and visual arts, which will be included in the MASS MoCA season in Year 2.
Year 2: In addition to continuing work with company management and audience services, you will work closely with the Managing Director on all aspects of producing a “confluence” residency. This will involve working with both our curator in New York as well as our visual arts curatorial team at MASS MoCA. You will review residency proposals and ultimately choose an artist who works across performing and visual arts for a residency that best fits MASS MoCA’s mission. You will be the liaison with the artists and the MASS MoCA staff and work to coordinate all aspects of this residency. You will develop a budget and marketing plan specific to your residency. Throughout the apprenticeship, you will work directly with the Managing Director. This apprenticeship requires a 2 year commitment and includes a generous stipend plus housing.
Required: Must be over 21 years old. The completion of a B.A or B.F.A is preferred. 2 year commitment. Background in theater or music is preferred
To apply to The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship: Send application form, cover letter, résumé, and two letters of references via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to MASS MoCA c/o Meghan Labbee, Artist Services + Internship Program Director at 413.664.4519.
Q: How do I apply via email?
A: We encourage you to apply via email. You may submit application materials (this application, cover letter, résumé, and two reference letters) in the text of an email or as PDF attachments. Reference letters may be submitted separately by the person writing the letter. Please ask references to include contact information in their letter. Submit all applications to Meghan Robertson Labbee.
Q: May reference letters be submitted via email?
A: Yes. Two reference letters may be submitted via email with your application or separately. Please ask letter-writers to include contact information.
Q: May I apply via regular mail?
A: Yes. Please address mailed applications to Meghan Robertson Labbee, Artist Services + Internship Program Director, MASS MoCA, 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA 01247.
Q: Will my application be reviewed if it is incomplete?
A: No, departments only review completed applications.
Q: Is a valid driver’s license required?
A: In most departments, it is required and will be listed in each internship description. Those departments do not accept candidates that do not meet this criterion.
Q: Are MASS MoCA internships open to international applicants?
A: MASS MoCA can only accept applications from applicants who already have US citizenship. Unfortunately, we are unable to be a host organization for an international applicant.
Q: What is intern housing like?
A: Located within walking distance of MASS MoCA, intern housing is furnished with basic furniture, kitchenware, TV/DVD, basic cable, washer/dryer, WiFi Internet, and off-street parking. Interns share a bedroom (usually 2 interns per bedroom) and common areas with fellow interns. Interns are responsible for their own meals.
Q: Are pets permitted in intern housing?
A: No, pets are not permitted in intern housing. Please find alternate pet care for the full duration of your internship.
WORK SCHEDULE AND DAYS OFF
Q: How many hours do interns work?
A: Full-time interns will work 40+ hours per week. This is the best way to experience the inner workings of each department. Days off are determined by each department according to its needs.
Q: Are interns allowed to leave for several days at a time?
A: If you have a wedding or some other brief (1–2 days) event to attend that has been planned in advance, please inform us of those dates if you are selected for an interview. If you would need to leave the internship for one week or more, please do not apply now. Consider applying in the future when your schedule is more flexible. We are looking for people who can work continuously for the duration of an internship. Summer is MASS MoCA’s busiest season.
Q: Do I have to stay the whole time?
A: Yes, you must be available for the full duration of the internship. There will be no exceptions for the start or end dates.
Q: What type of educational requirements will be part of this program?
A: There are three elements of the program:
1. Visitor Services: All interns interact with our audience by leading weekly public tours and working at the Information Desk.
2. Intern Education: Weekly presentation and discussion by department heads and/or visiting artists.
3. Intern Outings: All-intern, bi-weekly excursions to other regional cultural institutions, such as the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Jacob’s Pillow Dance.
Q: Who covers travel expenses?
A: Each intern is responsible for his or her own travel expenses to and from MASS MoCA.
Q: Is it possible to get academic-credit internships?
A: Yes, email Meghan Robertson Labbee for details, as they change each semester.
Q: More questions?
A: Please email Meghan Robertson Labbee.